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EU against retail chain law, says MP

A SENIOR parliamentarian has warned that a draft law on retail chains, which would require stores to carry 70 per cent Slovak products, could prompt the EU to reopen a deal reached on business competition in entry talks with Slovakia.

František Šebej, the head of the parliamentary European integration committee, has said Brussels regards the bill as against free market principles, and warns that it could retard Slovakia's entry bid.

Slovakia hopes to join the Union in 2004 in a wave including as many as 10 countries, and is now regarded as a front-runner for entry.

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In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).